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The first phase in preparing a TSP involves identifying your community’s objectives and defining the steps, tasks, and budget needed to meet them.
Local and Regional TSPs must be consistent with one another. Where elements of the Regional TSP have not been adopted, a city or county must coordinate preparation of the local TSP with the regional transportation planning agency. As part of this coordination effort, cities and counties should clearly define which TSP will govern county facilities located within the city’s urban growth boundary.
Local TSPs must also be consistent with the Regional Transportation Plan of the applicable Metropolitan Planning Organization. Jurisdictions within a metropolitan area must adopt TSPs that reflect regional goals, objectives, and investment strategies specific to the area and demonstrate how local transportation system planning helps meet regional performance targets. For best results, consulting with ODOT and the Metropolitan Planning Organization in the scoping phase to determine specific topics to be updated or included in the TSP to ensure consistency with state and regional plans.
Before assigning staff and/or hiring a consultant, a jurisdiction should:
ODOT has limited funding to assist local jurisdictions with transportation planning projects through the Transportation and Growth Management Program and through individual Region Statewide Planning and Research funding allocations. Generally, ODOT considers funding requests for TSP projects for jurisdictions that:
Typically, an intergovernmental agreement between ODOT and the local jurisdiction is required. As a condition of funding, the intergovernmental agreement and the scope of work must be approved by ODOT. ODOT may require project team members to possess specific licenses or certifications as a demonstration of necessary expertise. An ODOT project manager—typically a Region or Transportation Development Division planner—can provide technical assistance with the intergovernmental agreement and the scope of work. ODOT has several contracts in place that can expedite consultant selection for ODOT-funded TSP processes.
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